After many moons of debate and listening in here, I finally pulled the trigger. A local dealer had a EXC 520 demo bike with relatively low hours and the right price. They also put the black 02' plastics on, new Tank graphics, One Industries seat with grip fabric, Carbon skid plate, fork gaurds, and hand guards. It's a beast. My old bike was an 83 XR500R and this is a big difference.